This Sunday: The Realities of Reading the Bible

Sunday, 23 September - 9:30am

Last week we talked about some of why to read the Bible and how to read the Bible. This Sunday we’re going to talk more about the realities of trying to read the Bible: both the reality of what it’s like to try to read difficult parts of the Bible and also some intriguing things that the teachings of the New Church say are really going on under the surface when we read the Lord’s Word.

This Sunday: Reading the New Testament

Sunday, 16 September – 9:30am

We all know that we should probably read the Bible more than we currently do. This Sunday will be a reminder of the value of spending time reading the Lord’s Word, with a focus on the unique value of the New Testament.

This Sunday: Kainon School Pageant Service

Sunday 9 September - 9:30am

The primary phase and Grade R’s have been practicing for the Bible Pageant which will be held this Sunday at 9:30am in the church. The theme for the pageant this year is taking care of those around us, with a focus on forgiveness as one of the ways that we can take care of people. We are looking forward to seeing all the children enacting parts of Bible stories which depict forgiveness. We welcome all parents and the church community to attend.

Our Spiritual Journeys, Part 3: Looking Forward

Sunday 2 September - 5pm

Last week Malcolm talked about what we can gain from looking back into our pasts. This week we will talk about going the other way, looking forward into our futures. The challenge with the future is the unknowns. It is easy to see how the Lord led us even in hard times when we look back. It is more of a challenge to look forward and trust that the Lord will continue to lead us. And this is as it should be: the Lord asks us to plan for an uncertain future, and work towards it, so that He can direct us down the right path. When we find the right balance of planning and trust we can face what is to come with confidence.

This Sunday: Our Spiritual Journeys – Looking Back

Sunday 26 August - 9:30am

Last week Joel spoke about the importance and value of telling the stories of what the Lord has done for us on our spiritual journeys. When we do look back on what happened in the past, however, there are also dangers. Our memories of the past have a powerful effect on our present experience. When should we try to leave behind what has happened in the past and not dwell on it and when is there value in reflecting on the past? This Sunday we will try to understand how the Lord would like us to hold our memories of the past.

This Sunday: Our Spiritual Journeys

Sunday 19 August - 9:30am

We all have a story. It is a story of our life, the ups and downs, the highs and the lows, the winding ways that we have come from where we were to where we are now. These stories are not just a dry account of our past. The story of our life is the story of the Lord’s power and guidance, if we are willing to see it that way, and through retelling our stories we share that power with others. This Sunday we will look at the command given to the Children of Israel to constantly retell the story of how the Lord had saved them from slavery, so that generations to come would know the Lord’s power and love.

This Sunday: Ideals – Sorting Out What Matters and What Doesn’t

Sunday, 12 August - 9:30am

We can’t live up to all ideals. We have to choose between them and then prioritise which of our ideals or values matter more or less in different situations. And what if we get it wrong? What if we reject a true ideal? What if we buy into a false ideal? What if we give something too much weight or too little? These are the questions we’re going to wrestle with this Sunday.

Sunday Sermon – Singleness and Marriage

Sunday 5 August - 5pm

Last week Malcolm talked about how we can hold ideals, especially around marriage. Next week he’ll carry on with that theme. But this week, we are going to take a break from talking about marriage and put the focus on the other side: on singleness. Some of you are single yourselves; some of you are recently married; and some of you probably can barely remember what it was like to be single. In any case we will look at what the Lord has to say about this state of life and what even the long-time couples can learn from it.

Sermon This Sunday – Ideals

Sunday 29 July - 9:30am

Ideals are great when we feel like we’re living up to them. But what about when we don’t? What about when we fall short? What about when it’s impossible for us to live up to certain ideals, through no fault of our own? Do we abandon our ideals? Do we change our ideals to fit our circumstances? How does the Lord want us to hold our ideals?

This Sunday – The Spirit of the Law

Sunday 15 July - 9:30am

We all break rules from time to time. We speed. We tell a little lie. We browse Instagram at work when no one is around. We always tell ourselves that it is justified. But then someone else does the same, and our righteous indignation bristles: well if they speed, I can cut them off! They lied, so I can bad mouth them to others! They slack off at work, so I can too! What we fail to see is that we are using the technicality of breaking a rule to justify us harming someone else. The Lord calls us to something greater: to look beyond just the letter of the law and focus on the spirit, and from there to have compassion on those who perhaps don’t stay within bounds as much as we might hope.